Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 4 hours and 11 minutes
First Published: 2020
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism–and antiracism–in America
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
Quotes from Stamped
To know the past is to know the present. To know the present it to know yourself.
The most addictive drug known to America. Racism. It causes wealth, an inflated sense of self, and hallucinations.
If there’s one thing we know about humans, it’s that most of us are followers. Looking for something to be part of to make us feel better about our own selfishness.
There are lazy, hardworking, wise, unwise, harmless, and harmful individuals of every race, but no racial group is better or worse than another racial group in any way.
About Jason Reynolds
About Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi is a historian, author, professor, journalist, and activist. His works include Four Hundred Souls, The Black Campus Movement, Stamped from the Beginning, Stamped, and How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi is the founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University and a professor of history and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Visit the author’s website →